99U dishes on how to overcome classic designer pitfalls

As designers, we all have our weaknesses. Whether we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others, stressing under a personal narrative we’re struggling to embody, or adding too much to our plate – there’s plenty of pitfalls that can take a toll on our work and our success. This month, 99U breaks down some of those issues... Read More

October 28th By

CSS and the shaping of dynamic design

Many of us can remember a time when the typical web page resembled a poster publicizing a high school dance. No banners, no sidebars and certainly no flash. When a designer wanted to grab your attention they used red type on a blue background, which resulted in more migraines than anything else. Thankfully, web design... Read More

October 27th By

Create a stylized Halloween pumpkin in Photoshop

Seasonal advertising is common for very good reason. Aligning your promotions with time-sensitive annual events creates a distinct sense of urgency that your products might otherwise lack. Many consumers have become habitual spenders during these specific times of the year, and if you haven’t positioned your products as part of the cyclical festivities, you’re likely... Read More

October 22nd By

6 easy tools to master text in Adobe InDesign

In layout design, type is your most important medium to play with. Sure, images are a big deal too — but it’s easy to put all of your stock in the color and fun of an image when it’s the creative manipulation text that can really make your design engaging. There’s a lot to consider,... Read More

October 15th By

8 awesome options for 3D modeling software

The ability to create designs with 3D modeling software can be a huge advantage for any graphic designer. It enables you to create photorealistic illustrations and mockups that are compelling to clients, as well as expand your skill set to craft blueprints for product and environmental designs. There are many types of of 3D modeling software out there, but we’re going to... Read More

October 14th By

5 ways to hone design skills away from the computer

The digital age has just about swallowed the graphic design world whole. This, however, doesn’t mean we need to be in front of a computer to improve our design skills. In fact there are many ways to become better designers simply by changing the way we intellectually explore the outside world. Seeing graphic design work... Read More

October 13th By


Lost in Translation: What we can learn from 4 epic cultural design fails

Keeping brand messaging on target can get tricky when entering the international marketplace. Cultural idioms and images that may exist in one culture may not translate well to another and – worse – may even carry an unintended negative connotation. Here we’ll take a look (and laugh a little) at 4 cases where the brand’s message got lost... Read More

October 8th By

3 principles you need to pair typefaces perfectly

The number of amazing typefaces keeps growing and growing — there are new ones debuting every single day. It’s easy to get distracted and select your favorite fonts at random to use in your work. What’s harder is that if you want to make it to the top of the design field, you’ll need to master the art of effectively... Read More

October 7th By

5 tips to get you started in vehicle wrap design

Vehicle wraps are a very popular design product for small businesses. The side of their vehicles is a great advertising space that will be seen by many people. It’s basically a mobile billboard with ad space that a business owner only has to pay for once. Many vehicle wraps are made of large, printed vinyl stickers that are applied to the surface of... Read More

October 6th By